[The following is an anonymised experience contributed by an alienated parent. This yet again highlights the flawed system that is the Family Justice System.]
Approximately a week ago I emailed the Senior Service Manager of my regional Cafcass Office. I asked him three or four questions by email. By far the simplest question I asked was the following:
“Is it really fair, ethical and morally right for my # year old daughter to be prevented from seeing me?”
The manager’s response was “there are complex dynamics at play, which professionals and the Judge have commented on.”
I then replied via email with the following response:
“This is not a competency based question. It is an ethics based question. I have the right to have an honest answer to this question, from the very organisation who is responsible for the well-being of my children while they go through the family court process.
It should not take you a whole day to answer this very simple question. It is either a yes or no. I can not make it any simpler for you to answer.
Is it really fair, ethical and morally right for my # year old daughter to be prevented from seeing me? Yes or no?”
At time of writing I have still not received a response to this very simple question. The lack of response to such a simple question, actually raises the following questions regarding Cafcass’ approach to the safeguarding of children that find themselves going through the Family Justice System.
- The initial answer to the question (there are complex dynamics at play, which professionals and the Judge have commented on) was clearly avoidant. Why would such an organisation avoid answering such a simple question? What are they avoiding?
- The above mentioned Senior Service Manager is also rather astoundingly a member of the local Safeguarding Children Board. So as a professional surely the answering of such a ethics based question should be driven by the individual’s own values and ethics? Not any protection of his professional reputation within a flawed system, where the toxic organisational culture clearly does not appreciate the disclosing of any truth?
- Why are Cafcass not committed to the effective safeguarding of children going through family court?
- Is it that Cafcass do not want to be held accountable for complex cases such as parental alienation?
So if anyone has any ideas or questions regarding my above points please feel free to leave your comments below.